Pyschotherapy treats anxiety;
depression; Geriatric and Primary Caretaker Needs;
Bereavement and Loss Counseling;
parenting; relationship and family issues; retirement
and other transitional issues. It also assists in
developing coping skills, perhaps relating to the
emotional impact of a loved one's addiction, with
illness or other life stressors.
Learning to improve your ability to manage
these conditions and/or issues can improve the quality
of daily life.
is a general term for addressing mental health concerns
by talking with, in this case, a Licensed Clinical
Social Worker. During psychotherapy, you will learn
about your condition, moods and behaviors; you will put
your feelings and thoughts into words. Psychotherapy
helps you learn how to take control of your life and
respond to challenging situations with healthy coping
There are many specific types
of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. A few
types I frequently use are: supportive, insight
oriented, behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapy;
and often a combination of these. The type of
psychotherapy that is right for you depends on your
individual situation, but at the center of each is the
caring relationship between myself and a patient.
Insight, persuasion, suggestion, reassurance, and
instruction may be utilized, so that patients may
assess, recognize and deal with problematic and
dysfunctional ways of thinking, emoting and behaving.
Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, counseling,
psychosocial therapy or, simply, therapy. In
psychotherapy, the patient and therapist discuss the
patients symptoms, thought, behaviors, wishes and
emotions with the goal of clarifying and reducing
psychological problems. Psychotherapy is the practice of
spending time with a psychological professional, trained
to help diagnose and treat mental and emotional
People come to therapy to get
help. The impetus for therapy is as unique and diverse
as the individuals who seek it. Typically people seek
therapy who are struggling with depression, anxiety,
dissatisfaction or distress with interpersonal
relationships, loneliness, coping with someone who is
suffering from addiction, employment difficulties,
inability to set or attain goals, or coping with the
impact of caring for an aging parent/disabled relative.
A person may experience repeated problematic cycles, a
feeling of being stuck or a sense of persistently losing
You should consider counseling
when you are unhappy, or when your anxiety or distress
is interfering with work, relationships or
self-confidence or your ability to function is impaired.
Counseling can be helpful when you are facing a
transition, have experienced a loss or have lost
motivation toward accomplishing daily tasks.
Your first therapy session is
usually a time for the therapist to gather information
about you. You will be asked to complete forms about
your current and past physical and emotional health, and
will have some discussion about what you see as the
problem. All of this information helps the therapist
gain a deeper understanding of your situation.
Therapy works best when you attend all of your scheduled
appointments. The effectiveness of therapy depends on
your active participation. It requires time, effort and